Pain behind the ribcage is a common symptom of pancreatitis
. I have had acute pancreatitis
which has now become chronic pancreatitis
. Pain can be present in many areas, lower abdomen by navel, mid abdomen, flank areas, rib cage, back and shoulders. Pain is usually more severe when one is having a flare-up, when irritation and inflamation is present . Continued inflamation can lead to an acute attack.